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A9J 65 In general, our policy should be to proceed with building our state block by block, without waiting to be given a gift of it through negotiations.

AMT 244 Where Wesley stressed faith as a gift of God, Locke stressed reason as a gift of God.

AND 798 A family service guaranteed to pack the school hall is a mothers' day assembly particularly if mums, including teachers, receive a gift of a small posy of spring flowers.

ARR 965 On her unlucky nights she really would benefit enormously from a gift of blood.

AYR 442 And as an added incentive you could receive a gift of your choice absolutely free regardless of which savings option you select, if you apply before the 26th July, 1991.

B2G 1440 He or she may be clairvoyant, a medium, or have a gift of telepathy.

B7N 1657 The company sent the editor a gift of a new product, with his name emblazoned all over the top.

BPF 115 Say thank you with a gift of gold from Beaverbrooks.

C88 1835 A GIFT of £100 worth of garden tokens was presented to Dr. Christopher Brill by an unseasonal Father Christmas at the Senior Citizens' Luncheon Club last week.

C8Y 1048 Like all prisoners of circumstance, you will probably reflect a good deal on the whole subject of ‘time’ and of its strange habits of hanging, dragging, or running out too quickly, but if you decide to use and dominate it, instead of allowing it to dominate you, you will inevitably come to the conclusion that it is only wasted if it is thrown away, never when it is offered freely, as a gift of love.

C93 1367 The vicarage was a gift of the Archbishop of York and was built 1869/70.

C96 1156 This was partly the result of a gift of £1 million from the Emir of Kuwait, along with a rise in the number of visitors which has generated around £.5 million.

C9S 1250 who believed that ‘human sexuality in all its richness is a gift of God gladly to be accepted, enjoyed and honoured, as a way of both expressing and growing in love, in accordance with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.’

CAC 310 This happened when a gift of clothes was left for one brownie, who cried:

CCN 1815 A gift of story-telling.

CD4 435 It is the Holy Spirit at work in our souls, a gift of the divine Love of the Trinity, which enables us to love God with the same love whereby he loves himself.

CG3 1604 Your task is to write a gift of laughter for your friend.

CH7 2133 England No 2 Laurie McMenemy arrived late and missed the Corky and Ferdinand goals — but he saw Deane spurn a gift of an equaliser before finally striking with a header.

CK5 3052 And he's blessed with a gift of a voice that swoops from arcs of strangulated screeching to the huskiest falsetto.

CM4 909 A gift of gratitude.

CRD 459 In 1949, for example, it emerged before the Lynskey Tribunal that George Gibson, the chairman of the North Western Board, had somewhat unwisely accepted a gift of clothing from the flamboyant contact man, Sidney Stanley.

CRR 21 When a politician assisted a freeholder with a gift of a patronage appointment, he would almost always give it in the guise of an act of friendship, and it was the friendly relationship which was the truly significant factor.

CRR 135 The laird of Stracathro, from the urgency of his correspondence, was clearly in terror that the land in question might be granted to another, for he was not attempting to secure a gift of the land but offering to pay full market value for it.

CRR 164 Accordingly, it is evident that a gift of such significance could have been of no small value to a freeholder or councillor who would otherwise have found difficulty in endowing a relative so generously at the commencement of his career.

CS7 901 This took the form of a gift of the proceeds from the sale of a hospital farm.

EBV 1845 I can see that in such a case they might make a gift of paintings or other works of art for tax reasons, for example, and wouldn't care if they were sold or not.

EED 430 So Murdock received a gift of 20 guineas (£21) but did not have his wages raised.

EX7 157 I had failed a test of faith; faith was a gift of God, yet a gift you must have to live.

F9U 709 Minton's largesse was attractive: Bernard still recollects how, at a time when he was earning £2 10s a week, in a timber yard off Greek Street, Minton astonished him with a gift of £10, in effect a month's wages.

FBB 450 It was this regime which sent a gift of 300 horses and five four-horse chariots to Alexander the Great (Diod. xvii.49), and sold off Cyrene's corn to the Greek world in time of shortage (Tod 196).

FPN 26 He had a mind of quicksilver and a gift of repartee that was second nature; his special love of language arose, I think, from the absence of a formal education.

FX6 584 I'm telling you all this, and perhaps you don't have to erm pay for any of these treatments we do gift vouchers, so if you've got anybody who wants to buy you a gift of any sort, you could always say well, I fancy erm an eyebrow trim, or I fancy a pedicure perhaps they would like to buy you a gift voucher and then you can come in and it could be a present for you.

G1Y 340 If Johnson did speak as he wrote — economically, pithily and with a gift of great accuracy — Boswell's Aberdeen observation means that he also sounded beautifully.

GTA 1147 His most important contract (first with another carpenter, John Ball, and then on his own) was for the deepening and wharfing of the Fleet ditch, an enormous task which employed 200 men, took two and a half years to finish (1672–4), and brought him a gift of plate worth £200 from the City on its efficient completion.

GU7 432 Where photographs can show things invisible to the unaided eye, they are extremely valuable; and in the second half of the nineteenth century the camera, a gift of science to society, could be a useful scientific instrument.

GX7 518 The school was also very grateful for a gift of text books which Philip presented on behalf of LASMO North Sea.

H84 601 ‘I do not know why I even trust you, but I have no men trained to use their hearts in the way you are able to as a gift of Ptah.

HDD 359 So wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit and that particular thing is to er help us to judge in the way that God does.

HXW 520 What has never before been directly decided in England is whether the doctrine applies to a gift of land by delivery of the title deeds…

HXX 1397 A crown now on the head of a Madonna in Essen may be that of the child Otto III, while another on the head of a crucifix in Vercelli has been thought a gift of his.

HY6 1169 Their natural capacity to achieve self-knowledge (hence the stress on recognising the image of sin in Scale 1) enables them to receive what feels like a gift of freedom from the pressures of the destructive impulses in the self, and a personal inner experience of the God.

J6S 576 In particular, a gift of his shares (to a family trust for instance ) is treated as a recovery of capital for these purposes.

JY3 3403 Of all the people in the world to expose her seething mass of fears and insecurities to, Guy Sterne would have been her last choice…yet she'd told him about Mortimer, she'd carelessly made him a gift of her virginity, she'd wildly announced she loved him, and now she was baring her soul over the painful anguish of her mother's death…

K1Y 2461 And there's a letter which enclosed a gift of 6 salmon flies.

K51 591 He said a gift of modern and useful equipment from a computer to a minibus, sports kit to industrial machinery, was an investment for business.

K5X 59 The double stranded octamer oligonucleotide (a gift of G.May) was (top strand) 5' GGGCTGATTGATTTGCATGTCCAG 3'.

K95 1784 ‘I had a gift of some wine.’

K9A 33 each Sainsbury's, Savacentre and Homebase store will be offering a gift of £250 to under fives groups as part of the Good Neighbour Scheme.

KA4 209 This seat is now pleased together with a gift of trees to the garden.

KNA 97 And hurrying along on this account that we have here, Ruth, the next morning, she's given a gift by Boaz a a a, a gift of er, to to seal what has been said.